B.C. Communities Urged to Improve Access for Disabled People

One in four B.C. residents has disability, most want to work

The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is close to 50 per cent, and B.C. needs them as much as they want to work, the president of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce says.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/b-c-communities-urged-to-improve-access-for-disabled-people/

Residents at Calgary Apartment Building Frustrated Over Lack of Accessible Door

For a handful of wheelchair-dependent, southeast Calgary apartment residents, getting into and out of their building is proving to be a very difficult task.

Robin Cummings says she and at least five or six other residents rely on a wheelchair or scooter to get around, but there isn’t an automatic door opener at the two entrance doors to help facilitate the process.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/residents-at-calgary-apartment-building-frustrated-over-lack-of-accessible-door/

Send Us Your Feedback on Our Draft Framework for what the Promised K-12 Education Accessibility Standard Should Include

Today, the AODA Alliance is making public a draft Framework for what the promised Education Accessibility Standard should include for students in schools between kindergarten and Grade 12. We set it out below and invite your feedback. Let us know what you think we should do to improve this Framework before we finalize it and submit it to the K-12 Education Standards Development Committee. Please email us your feedback by October 2, 2019 by replying to this email, or by addressing an email to aodafeedback@gmail.com

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https://aoda.ca/send-us-your-feedback-on-our-draft-framework-for-what-the-promised-k-12-education-accessibility-standard-should-include/

In a Tight Labor Market, a Disability May Not Be a Barrier

To expand the pool of workers, companies are recruiting stay-at-home parents, retirees and people with disabilities. Will they keep it up if the economy sours?

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/in-a-tight-labor-market-a-disability-may-not-be-a-barrier/

Online Booking Coming to Para Transpo

Para Transpo users will soon be able to book trips online, something advocates have been calling for for years.

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https://aoda.ca/online-booking-coming-to-para-transpo/

Canadian Cities Need to Be More Accessible for Aging Residents, According to Concordia University Political Scientist Meghan Joy

As populations age, Concordia political scientist Meghan Joy says Canadian cities need to update their approach to accessibility for their elderly residents. For a start, policy-makers need to consider the needs of seniors in their plans.

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https://aoda.ca/canadian-cities-need-to-be-more-accessible-for-aging-residents-according-to-concordia-university-political-scientist-meghan-joy/

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 5 years, 15 weeks, 5 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

Tell the Ford Government if You Support the AODA Alliance’s Brief and Recommendations on the Government’s Proposal to Hold a 5-Year Pilot Project to Allow Electric Scooters in Ontario

And Lots More Media Coverage of Our Issues Over the Past Two Weeks

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https://aoda.ca/tell-the-ford-government-if-you-support-the-aoda-alliances-brief-and-recommendations-on-the-governments-proposal-to-hold-a-5-year-pilot-project-to-allow-electric-scooters-in-ontario/

AODA Alliance Files A Brief to Ontario’s Doug Ford Government, Urging that Ontario Should Not Allow E-scooters

Should Withdraw Its Proposal for a 5-Year E-scooter Pilot Project, Or, If Allowed, Should Ban E-scooter Rentals and Require E-scooters and Their Drivers to Be Licensed and Insured.

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https://aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-files-a-brief-to-ontarios-doug-ford-government-urging-that-ontario-should-not-allow-e-scooters/

How Gaming Technology is Helping to Design More Accessible Homes

A group of Perth university students and real estate agents have teamed up to design an accessible home using construction software inspired by the gaming industry, with the goal of raising awareness of the importance of creating universal affordable accommodation.

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https://aoda.ca/how-gaming-technology-is-helping-to-design-more-accessible-homes/